The High School (HS) at the American School of Doha (ASD) prides itself on the quality and variety of its programs, both academic and co-curricular. We seek to challenge each student academically, develop character, and instill an ethic for life-long learning and good citizenship. We have a well-established Advanced Placement (AP) program, in addition to specialized courses, such as Art, Vocal Music, Instrumental Band, and Drama. The HS is also proud to offer the International Bachelorette (IB) Diploma Program to students in Grades 11 and 12.
Our values are highlighted by our graduation requirements. To become an ASD graduate, students complete 25 units of credits in Social Studies, Math, Science, English, Physical Education, Health, Fine Arts, Modern Languages, Electives, and Senior Seminar. (The Senior Seminar course asks students to reflect on what constitutes knowledge, and the student’s role as a learner. ASD believes that the student who understands his/her strengths and weaknesses as a learner will be better equipped to tackle the challenges that await in college and life.)
ASD graduates are also required to fulfill at least 40 hours of community service by the time they reach graduation. ASD offers a variety of service learning trips throughout the academic year aimed at fostering the global appreciation of service amongst its student body.
The HS places a strong emphasis on communication. Parent-Teacher Conferences are held each semester, and student progress is available online through the parent portal throughout the year. The school also communicates with parents through Parent Advisory Forum (PAF) meetings each month, as well as through emails, text messages, and by distributing a the school’s weekly newsletter, The Sahifa.
HS Counselors are available to assist students in academic scheduling, career planning, and confidential personal counseling, as well as in all college admission testing including PSAT, SAT, and ACT.
The HS has over 630 students from 66 different nationalities. The HS program follows a rotating block schedule format for the school day. Each block is 85 minutes in length, with the exception of Tuesday, where classes are 60 minutes in length. The school day begins at 8:00 am and ends at 3:00 pm. On Tuesdays of a full-school week, students are dismissed at 12:30 pm in order to provide faculty with the opportunity to participate in Professional and Collaborative Time (PACT).